Guns

Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Measure approved on voice vote; nears final passage

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOTH BRANCHES OF THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE have now signed off on bills that would create a new judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals. The bill (H 4539), which the Senate approved on a voice vote Thursday, would allow family or household members to petition the courts(...)

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How the ‘red flag’ gun bill came to be

How the ‘red flag’ gun bill came to be

It started with Harvard student’s experience back in Norman, OK

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Rep. Marjorie Decker of Cambridge hosted a rally of sorts at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School on Wednesday where they pledged to push for passage of legislation that would allow a family member, roommate, or law enforcement official to petition a court to bar someone from owning a firearm(...)

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Arming doctors with a tool to save lives

Arming doctors with a tool to save lives

Extreme Risk Protection Orders have shown to be effective in reducing gun-related homicides and suicides

“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation” – Rudolf Virchow, MD OVER THE COURSE of 1,000 days spanning 2014 to 2016, our state was home to 618 shootings. During that period, 19 children were shot. Worse, not a single perpetrator was arrested in any(...)

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Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

SJC 'reluctantly' scraps law barring civilians from using weapons

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POSSESSION OF stun guns and tasers is protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded on Tuesday, “reluctantly” scrapping the state law banning civilians from possessing those weapons. The decision written by Chief Justice Ralph Gants was a reversal from an earlier SJC ruling upholding the conviction of(...)

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Judge upholds assault weapons ban

Judge upholds assault weapons ban

Also says Healey's crackdown on copycat guns was legal

STATE HOUSE NEWS A federal judge ruled the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban did not violate the Second Amendment and also upheld Attorney General Maura Healey’s 2016 decision to notify gun owners that “copycat” assault weapons were also subject to the ban. In his  47-page order, US District Court Judge William Young said the AR-15 “and its(...)

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And the young shall lead

When little movement occurred to change gun laws following the 2012 slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was easy to become cynical about the idea that the country would ever budge from its strong pro-gun posture. If the murder of 20 six- and seven-year-olds doesn’t shake the country’s conscience, went the thinking, nothing will.(...)

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House bans ‘bump stock’ devices

House bans ‘bump stock’ devices

Anything that could increase discharge rate of firearms barred

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LAWMAKERS on Wednesday moved rapidly, and some critics said rashly, to ban any device that could be used to increase the rate of discharge of a firearm. The bill’s passage came 10 days after a shooter in Las Vegas is believed to have used a “bump stock” device to rain(...)

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Feds crack down on Lawrence drug network

Feds crack down on Lawrence drug network

34 arrested, and at least 10 were in the country illegally

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THIRTY PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED Tuesday on gun, drug, and immigration charges in a sweep that brought down a Lawrence-based network that Acting US Attorney William Weinreb described as “one of the largest fentanyl trafficking organizations ever seen in Massachusetts.” Approximately 250 law enforcement officers were involved in the sweep, seizing several(...)

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Healey cracks down on more gun sales

Healey cracks down on more gun sales

AG reaches agreement with Worcester shop to cease dealing illegal handguns, comply with state regs

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY continued her crackdown on the sale of illegal guns in the state by forcing a Worcester gun dealer to stop selling illegal handguns and pay $35,000 in costs and penalties. Healey, in her latest display of imposing Massachusetts regulations long on the books but rarely enforced, charged that The Gun Parlor(...)

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